As I have walked, and do humbly, daily, prayerfully walk with one of my best friends as he recovers from cancer surgery, the six months in hospital, rehab etc, have left a mark. I am grateful for the 24 hour medical care he has received, and see the gentle hand of Jesus upon his life, as he walks out his faith in God’s promises of divine healing.
In today’s Bible reading, I am encouraged by the story of king Hezekiah.
20 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.”
2 When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.
4 But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard,[a] this message came to him from the Lord: 5 “Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people. Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the Lord. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my own honor and for the sake of my servant David.’”
7 Then Isaiah said, “Make an ointment from figs.” So Hezekiah’s servants spread the ointment over the boil, and Hezekiah recovered!
Here we see divine direction for medical care, but ointment was applied, and Hezekiah was healed.
My position with the medical profession is not either/or, rather: BOTH
Stand upon His Word for healing directly, from Him, Then get good medical help wherever possible, always taking Jesus as the overriding physician and specialist on every case.
‘Father, we ask You to heal us today. Grant us wisdom as to the correct use of medical knowledge, to see Your healing manifest. Jesus, we receive You as healer, and presiding specialist on our particular case, Amen’